In 2006, HAVEN was founded by brothers Arthur and Daniel Chmielewski in the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta. Alongside a small team of creative individuals, with a commitment to exceptional quality and innovative design, this core group grew to define the HAVEN brand and culture. With retail stores now located in Vancouver and Toronto, HAVEN is a premium men’s urban apparel brand and a global purveyor of the best Japanese and internationally sourced products.
Built to withstand Canada’s four seasons, and the contrasting conditions that accompany them, our HAVEN Collection unifies modern and traditional design and materials, creating timeless, functional garments for everyday use. Inspired by classic Canadiana, military, workwear, and outdoor apparel, our collection is a modern interpretation of urban menswear, where utilitarian design, quality, and comfort is optimized.
MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING
Our collection engages both modern and traditional technologies, textiles and hardware to improve function, quality, comfort and performance. Leveraging the expertise and superior quality manufacturing capabilities of both Canada and Japan, we work exclusively with only the most skilled craftsmen and manufacturing facilities to create our products.
In 2006, on a quiet backstreet of downtown Edmonton, Alberta, we opened the doors to our first HAVEN location. The space – once a century old industrial warehouse – set the benchmark for our future retail and architectural ambitions. Our Edmonton store closed its doors in 2012, however its essence was never lost. Always preserving the distinct character and existing structural appeal, we pay deep respect for the past, present and future as we carefully imbed our modern DNA into the very fabric of every space, and neighbourhood. We now operate retail locations in both Vancouver and Toronto with this same ethos.
Working alongside Vancouver-based architecture firm, Heia Studios, our HAVEN corporate headquarters is located in Vancouver’s Eastside. This neighbourhood is undergoing a transformation, from light industrial and warehousing to a mixed-use creative hub. Within this emerging neighbourhood, our headquarters houses our clothing design studio, photography, and distribution operations.
Raw, unfinished concrete, with leftover construction notes and markings untouched, are complemented with natural oak floors, white floating planes and formal black storage. Clean, linear lighting elements produce a modern, minimal effect, in contrast to the raw concrete, large stone elements and interior gardens.